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Milwaukee Summerfest map & directions
2017 Summerfest Fast Facts

When : June 28 - July 2 (closed Tuesday, July 4th ) and July 5 - 9, 2017 from noon until midnight daily.

Where : Henry W. Meier Summerfest Grounds

Directions by car: From the west, take I-94 east and exit at 26th St. Follow St. Paul Ave. east to Water St. and follow the signs to area parking lots.

From the north, take I-43 south and exit at McKinley Blvd. Proceed south on 6th St. to Michigan St. Take Michigan St. east to Water St.and follow the signs.

From the south, follow I-94 north and exit at Lapham/Greenfield. Go east to 1st St. and head north to follow the signs to Summerfest.

Public transportation: Park your car downtown and catch one of the frequent shuttle buses that leave every half-hour during to the North Gate.


Henry Maier, the mayor of Milwaukee during the 1960's, was so inspired by his visit to the German beer festival Oktoberfest that he came back to Milwaukee determined to create a similar cultural event for his city.

And that's how Milwaukee Summerfest was born.

Summerfest, which is typically 11 days long, usually begins in June and ends sometime in early July.

This year, Summerfest celebrates its landmark 50th annniversary at the Henry W. Meier Summerfest Grounds on the Milwaukee waterfront. Opening day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Summerfest shuts down on Tuesday, July 4, but reopens on July 5 and continues to the final night on Sunday, July 9, 2017.

Summerfest 2017 lineup

Watch for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to kick-off the milestone 50th anniversary celebration with a performance on opening night, Wednesday, June 28 and pop icon, P!nk, to bring her live show to the Amphitheater on Sunday, July 2.

Wednesday, June 28
Red Hot Chili Peppers with Deerhoof

Thursday, June 29
Luke Bryan with Brothers Osborne

Saturday, July 1
Zac Brown Band

Sunday, July 2

Tuesday, July 4
The Chainsmokers with Vice and Captain Cuts

Wednesday, July 5
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with Chris Stapleton

summerfest lineup
Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pink are top headliners at Summerfest 2017.

Thursday, July 6
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with Chris Stapleton

Friday, July 7
Dierks Bentley with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi

Saturday, July 8
Future, Big Sean and Migos

Sunday, July 9
Outlaw Music Festival with Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

The world's biggest music fest

It's "come one, come all" -- with almost all musical acts accessed by buying a single admission ticket, available at Ticketmaster and other reputable online sellers.

Ticket prices traditionally include $10 tickets for weekday admission noon to 4pm; $18 anytime general admission; $39 for a three-day pass; and $5 for kids 10 and under and for seniors 60 and up.

Among other things, Summerfest is first and foremost a music festival - one of the biggest in the world, in fact - a title officially bestowed upon Summerfest in 1999 by none other than the Guinness Book of World Records.

Today, 11 different stages give almost 1 million annual festival goers ample opportunity to sample a wide variety of musical talent ranging from small, local acts, on up to world renowned entertainers.

Laughs are another big component of Summerfest - a.k.a. The Big Gig - with standup comedians flocking to the venue to entertain their fans.

But entertainers aren't the only thing that attract people to Summerfest.

The local food and restaurant scene is typically well represented, and attendees can browse shopping booths and participate in a host of family-friendly activities -- including the spectacular annual "Big Bang" fireworks display at 9:30PM on opening night.

Shopping? You bet. Visitors can visit four marketplaces offering everything from clothing, jewelry, home accessories, artwork and more, incuding (of course) the Summerfest Store for official Summerfest T-shirts and other gear.

Have fun!

More about Milwaukee Summerfest around the Web:

- The official site with complete information about the concert lineup and online ticket purchase, maps & directions, live Webcam, photo gallery.

Summerfest, Milwaukee's Big Gig - Check out the Trip Savvy review with travel details, ticket information, entertainment lineup.

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